Who should see a dietitian?
What we eat and how often plays a significant role in how well our bodies are fueled. You may benefit from seeing a dietitian if you have any specific nutrition goals that you are trying to attain. If you do not have goals that you are working towards, a dietitian can help you set realistic goals that will help you optimize your health and identify any key nutrients that your diet may be lacking. If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, a dietitian is a key player in helping win the battle and regaining independence from food. If you have any special dietary needs such as diabetes, hypertension, food allergies, elevated cholesterol or triglycerides- a dietitian can also provide medical nutrition therapy. If you are currently in recovery for alcohol or drug addiction, it is not uncommon to find that there are deficiencies in your diet and cravings may be present. Through nutrition counseling, a healthy dietary pattern can be identified and a plan put into action to re-establish a normalized eating pattern.
What happens during an appointment with a dietitian?
During a comprehensive nutritional assessment, the dietitian will assess your nutrition status and diet history. She will then help you create a dietary plan that is individualized to meet your specific needs, as everyone is different. She will provide a nutrition education segment including tips on how to be successful. She will help guide you in setting realistic goals for yourself. The dietitian will also provide support between appointments, should you have any questions or concerns.
During a follow-up appointment?
During a follow-up appointment, the dietitian will discuss with you any concerns you may have had since your last appointment. She will also help you identify and overcome any perceived barriers that you feel may be keeping you from attaining your goals. She will then help you set new goals or determine if any of your goals may require a little more time to reach. She will also work to reassess any changes that may need to be made to your plan.